The diversity of Dr. Gopin’s interests is amazing. The intertwining of art, history, and culture fascinates him and this is conveyed in his lectures, which have been popular with Cunard passengers. He served the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government-in-Exile as editor of their Newsletter for North America.
1. The Face of a Nation: English Portraiture
From medieval times to the present, the portraits of English nobility and wealthy businessmen have gone from portraying external characteristics to exploring internal emotions and psyches.This lecture explores the tradition of portraying the nation and will also make everyone think about composing better photographs of their family and friends.
2. The Englishness of English Architecture: "from Palladio to Pugin"
This lecture explores the history of English architecture from the Renaissance to the 19th Century, and will consider if there is a distinct English sensibility.
3. Hogarth Pokes Fun at a Nation: "Satire and Art"
This lecture explores the witty images of William Hogarth, a pictorial satirist and social critic par excellence. Through his paintings and prints he poked fun at a nation, from the rich and politically powerful aristocracy to the lowly drunks of London.
4.Tom Paine in Lewes: "The English Roots of An American Patriot"
Born in Thetford and formed in Lewes, this free thinker traveled to the New World and with his pen changed the course of Western democracy. Become acquainted with the places in England where Paine lived and worked, the free-thinking society of Lewes which helped transform Paine’s way of thinking, and learn about the principles of human rights that he espoused and which helped inspire the American and French revolutions.
Number of talks depends on number of sea days! The final programme will be given on board